On the road…
Throughout the month, PDS colleagues have participated in several key events, which have highlighted the great work underway across policing.
International Communications Data and Digital Forensics (ICDDF) 2023
PDS representatives took part in the ICDDF, a four-day Home Office hosted, ‘closed event’, which had more than 1000 total attendees throughout the week, including international and national policing delegations and tech industry, such as, Google, Meta, the FBI and INTERPOL.
PDS colleagues covered the Digital Evidence Project (DEP) and Digital Forensics Programme (DFP) initiatives, which are working to innovate and transform investigative processes end-to-end. Representatives supported the event throughout the week in the government exhibition zone. DEP is working to improve and innovate the investigation of rape crimes through better use of digital, data and tech. DFP is delivering digital forensics capabilities by, with and for policing and partner agencies.
At the event, there were main plenary presentations from:
- DCC Paul Gibson, the NPCC’s Digital Forensics Lead and DCS Mark Greenhalgh, Head of Change for the PDS’s Digital Forensics Programme (DFP), highlighting the challenges faced with DF and setting the agenda for the policing response.
- Tony Blaker QPM, gave a full briefing on all of the work underway through PDS to support forces with new capabilities and methods for digital investigations and forensics.
With a wide range of digital developments taking place across policing, locally, nationally and internationally, the event gave our teams the opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders. Thank you to everyone who visited us at ICDDF this year!
On Thursday 27 April we held our first-ever Policing Innovation Today event hosted at West Midlands Police HQ. The event showcased a range of innovative solutions to problems in policing, from live chat reporting for domestic abuse victims to cloud-based platforms for data-driven insights.
We are excited to see the potential for technology to make a positive impact on policing, and we look forward to continuing this important work in collaboration with suppliers and police forces.
Cyber UK 2023
The UK’s flagship cyber security event was held in Belfast this year and focused on ‘Securing an open and resilient digital future’.
The Cyber UK 2023 saw the attendance of leading UK and overseas suppliers, UK and overseas government officials and high-profile speakers, and UK government security organisations, such as the National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Force.
PDS Cyber Services and the National Management Centre (NMC) were also present, occupying an exhibitor pod in the government zone alongside the National Cyber Security Centre.
Four Plenary Sessions and three Technical Masterclasses were delivered during the event, seeing the enthusiastic participation of our Cyber Services and NMC’s delegation, who took part in the discussion about the latest advances in national cyber security, raised awareness of PDS’s strategic offering in these domains, and highlighted the value we add to policing and the wider government ethos ‘Defend as One’.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a successful event!